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Georgia Young Authors winners are presented

The McDuffie County School Board acknowledged success at the board's Tuesday meeting.

The board watched as winners of the Georgia Young Authors competition came forward to receive their certificates.

Winners by grade level are:

KINDERGARTEN: Emerson Powell, a composition with no title, Maxwell Elementary School.

FIRST: Ariana Story, Hiking, Dearing Elementary School.

SECOND: Aonesti Turner, Our Adventure in Space , Thomson Elementary School.

THIRD: Cameron Rodgers, The Case of the Missing Pants, Thomson Elementary School.

FOURTH: Gavin Findley, The Player, Norris Elementary School.

FIFTH: Smith Adams, The Night House, Norris Elementary School.

SIXTH: Elizabeth Hobbs, The Dream, Thomson-McDuffie Middle School.

SEVENTH: Abbi Findley, Me, Thomson-McDuffie Middle School.

EIGHTH: Aiyetora Finch, Caged, Thomson-McDuffie Middle School.

NINTH: Imani Bayne, My Shot , Thomson High School.

10th: Max Swann, The Rebellion, Thomson High School.

11th: Precious Jones, A Hardknock Life , Thomson High School.

12th: Nic Wood, High School, Thomson High School.

Local winners are now eligible for district competition. Winners go on to the state contest.

Wood, the senior winner, said his winning story was a class assignment.

He was assigned to follow the style of an author, and he chose the style of John Updike in the book A&P.

Wood, though, wrote about high school life in his work, simply titled High School.

"I was able to use the style," he said.

"He was kind of comical and straightforward in his writing, and I think I was able to copy that."

The work was written for Kelly Flanders' advanced placement literature and composition class.

Wood is the son of Henry and Judy Wood of Thomson.

He has been accepted in the honors program at Georgia Southern University.

Web posted on Thursday, April 14, 2011

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